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From 8 September to 11 November, I instruct two lectures - ‘Interaction Design’ and ‘Processing Programming Software’ - for the second and third-year bachelor students from the design background, at Department of Interaction Design, College of Furniture and Industrial Design, Nanjing Forestry University.

Our book CODING ART is printed its manuscript version for expert review on 1 September 2019.

Artist talk themed in “CODING ART” and project presentation named “WHEN A DUCK IS TALKING, WHAT IS HE SAYING?“ at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo, 19:00 pm, 14 August 2019. Link:https://www.facebook.com/events/2377222475897047/, managed and supported by Tenjinyama.

Artist residency at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio in Sapporo started from 23 July to 16 August.

Artist talk at NIEUW EN MEER, Oude Haagseweg 61, Amsterdam, 16:30pm, 25 June, 2019. Link: http://nieuwenmeer.nl/presentatie-yu-zhang/, managed and supported by NIEUW EN MEER.

Open Studio and exhibition themed in “I WANNA“ at NIEUW EN MEER, Oude Haagseweg 61, Amsterdam, 25-28 June, 2019. Link: http://nieuwenmeer.nl/presentatie-yu-zhang/, managed and supported by NIEUW EN MEER.

Talk and meet for starting my artist residency at NIEUW EN MEER, Oude Haagseweg 61, Amsterdam, 5 pm, 5 April 2019, managed and supported by NIEUW EN MEER

Artist talk and exhibition themed in “AI and the arts” at Kulturhuset i Ås, Olso, Norway, 30 March- 2 April 2019. Link:https://www.kulturhack.no/l/kinesisk-kunstner-med-kunst-skapt-av-ai/?fbclid=IwAR30OVyGzuPNCHUIlqxfPO3GipWfhcgkF6DemzH64qEY0s-jVTHDTgixSz0 , invited and supported by Kulturhack

(LATEST UPDATE 18-09-2019)

                                                                                                               

Current Status:

Yu Zhang, 章聿, currently lives and works in the Netherlands. Emailyuzhang.nl[at]gmail.com; Instagram: yuzhangishere;Tel: +31 639448742 (NL) / +86 15996224885 (CN)      

Artist Statement:

Yu ZHANG approaches Interactive Art with mixed reality installations and projections, sensor-based interactives and computational arts. She roots her artistic intent in the symbolism of Asian traditions and transforms the artistic unpacking of drama and cultural signifiers into experiences of interactivity and connectivity that ultimately bridge artistic expression and audience experience. Especially interactivity is an indispensable aspect of her work that creates and transcends audience presence into known and perceived aspects of the audience’s being. Starting from simple interactives, she constructs layers of different connections between artist, artwork, audience, and the environment to express how far such connectivity can impact and reshape the structure and relations of objects, space, and time within a dynamic audience experience.

Positions Held:

Founder&Artist at STUDIO Ü, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 2017-present

Guest Lecturer at Department of Interaction Design, College of Furniture and Industrial Design, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China, July 2017-present

Senior Lecturer at Department of Industrial Design, College of Furniture and Industrial Design, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China, May 2009- August 2012

Lecturer at Nanjing Institute of Visual Arts, Nanjing, China, September 2004-June 2006

Eductation Background:

PhD Candidate, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, September 2012- June 2017

Master of Arts, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China, September 2006- April 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, September 1997-June 2001

Artist-in-Residence at:

Artist in residence at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, 23 July- 16 August 2019 themed in “Coding Art” , supported by Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2377222475897047/, supported by Tenjinyama (together with Mathias Funk)

Artist in residence at AIR NIEUW EN MEER in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April-June 2019 themed in “I WANNA”. Link: http://nieuwenmeer.nl/resident/yu-zhang/, supported by NIEUW EN MEER

Artist in residence at FaveLAB in Athens, Greece, 10-23 February 2019 themed in “TWO FULL MOON“. Link: http://www.christophziegler.com/favelab/projects_oneplusone/01_yu_zhang-3quarters.html, supported by 3QUARTERS, related artist talk on 22 of February from 16:00-18:00

Visual artist symposium SYMPOSIUM PICTUM in the festival UM UM 2018 in Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia,  4-21 August 2018 themed in “an artistic reflection of individual cultures in the region and their mutual intercultural dialogue”. Link: https://krith.phil.muni.cz/experiment/um-um-2018-rozhovor-s-martinem-jakubcem-a-adamem-vrbkou, supported by UM UM FESTIVAL

Selected Exhibitions:

Oude Haagseweg 61, NIEUW EN MEER, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 25-28 June 2019

Kulturhuset, Moerveien 1, 1430 Ås, Olso, Norway, 30 March-2 April 2019

Agiou Dimitriou 19, 105 54 Athens, Greece, 19-22 Feburary 2019

Námestie Sv. Mikuláša, 064 01, Stará Ľubovňa, Slovenská Republika, festival UMUM 2018, 19-31 August 2018

Stadhuisplein 1, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, EINDHOVENART, 27-30 December 2017

#49 Moshikou Street, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China, BEIJING DESIGN WEEK, 23 September-7 October 2017

ALBERT VAN ABBEHUIS, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 13 May-4 Junn 2017

Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, 1st "In the front" Digital Median Summit Forum, 4-6 December 2016

Pavilion U54, TU/e, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 1 January-29 February 2016

Vestdijk 27, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, DUTCH DESIGN WEEK, 17-21 October 2015

Schellensfabriek, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, DUTCH DESIGN WEEK, 16-26 October 2014

Invited Artist Talks:

On the topic “CODING ART” at 19:00pm on 14 August of 2019 at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo, Japan (together with Mathias Funk).

On the topic “I WANNA” at 16:30pm on 25 June of 2019 at Oude Haagseweg 61, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

On the topic “Technology and performance as a medium for Art Creativity” at 17:00pm on 5 April of 2019 at Oude Haagseweg 61, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

On the topic “Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Art” at 13:00pm on 30 March of 2019 and 19:30pm on 2 April of 2019 at Kulturhuset As, Oslo, Norway

On the topic “Chinese Symbolism in Art Creation” at 16:00pm on 22 February of 2019 at Agiou Dimitriou 19, Athens, Greece

On the topic “Story behind notMONDRIAN” at 17:00pm on 23 September of 2017 at Cheng En Temple, Beijing, China

Selected Publications:

Zhang, Y. (2017) Drama, Story, Production, Interaction: a Design Approach towards Interactive Installations. Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, 2017, ISBN:978-90-386-4295-6.

Zhang, Y., Gu, J., Hu, J., Frens, J.W., Funk, M., Kang, K., Dong, Q., Wang, Y., Wang, F. &Rauterberg, G.W.M. (2013). Learning from traditional dynamic arts: elements for interaction design. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Culture and Computing-ICCC 2013, 16-18 September 2013, Kyoto, Japan (pp. 165-166).

Zhang, Y., Frens, J.W., Funk, M., Hu, J. & Rauterberg, G.W.M. (2014). Scripting Interactive Art Installations in Public Spaces. In Proceedings of the 16th international conference, HCI International 2014, June 22-27 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece (pp. 157-166).